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July 27th

Walker, Carter win RCC Classic crown

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Bradley Walker and Neal Carter are No. 1 in the Ruston Country Club Classic golf tournament.
The First National Bank-sponsored competition featured a total of 40 teams competing in four different flights.
Walker and Carter topped the list of championship performers with a score of 121, while Chris Wyatt and Greg Scott were runner-ups with a 123. In third place were Ty Cowan and Daryl Altic.

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July 26th

Local students will slip into ‘Project Wet’

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Next school year, fifth graders across the parish are going to learn about a topic close to the heart of residents of Lincoln Parish — water conservation.
Lindsay Gouedy, Louisiana Sparta Commission educator, is working to recreate a program called Water Fest that has been successful with Claiborne Parish sixth-graders for the past eight years. The program consists of a day-long off-campus learning experience with six different activities that introduce such topics as conservation, water rights and quality issues. Students also explore geological aspects of drinking water and how various gadgets work to protect the supply.
Teresa Price, LSU AgCenter associate extension agent and Claiborne Parish chair, said the neighboring parish adopted the program in 2003. This was around the time citizens began to realize the full extent of the issues surrounding the depletion of the Sparta Aquifer.

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Natural gas storage facility to be built

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Construction to benefit local economy

A proposed natural gas storage facility in Downsville could reap big benefits in both Union and Lincoln parishes.
Sawgrass Storage LLC has plans to begin construction on the facility in 2011 and wrap up in 2012.
The storage formation proposed for development is the fully depleted Vaughn Sand Reservoir in Lincoln and Union parishes, located approximately 9,000 feet below the surface, said Richard A. Caragol, public relations manager with Nicor Inc., a joint owner of Sawgrass.

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Simsboro, Kelley honored for village’s water works

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Shelby Kelley and the village of Simsboro received highest honors this year at Louisiana Rural Water Association’s Annual Awards banquet when they were named the 2010 Wastewater System Operator of the Year and 2010 Wastewater System of the Year, North Awards.
The awards were presented on July 21 at LRWA’s 25th Annual Training and Technical Conference held in Alexandria.
The LRWA Awards Program was established to recognize the outstanding efforts of Rural Water and Wastewater Systems and their personnel. Of all the operators and systems across the state, they were reportedly selected as this year’s winner for their dedication to providing safe drinking water and helping to maintain a cleaner environment through their efforts in the wastewater industry in the state of Louisiana.

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Robinson elusive as ‘ghost’

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With daring deceptiveness, nickname stuck for GSU legend
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MONROE — “The Ghost” hasn’t vanished from Grambling State University’s football legacy.
Anything but, that’s for sure.
In the early 1960s, Jerry Robinson was Mr. Feared Runner for the Eddie Robinson-guided Tigers.

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Tech won’t have Masoli on roster

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Ex-Oregon quarterback speculated to land at UNLV

So much for the suspense surrounding Jeremiah Masoli and Louisiana Tech University’s football program.
The talented starting quarterback for the Universuty of Oregon last year won’t be completing his collegiate career with the Bulldogs.
Tech is no longer pursuing Masoli,who had visited the campus earlier this summer and had consider playing for the Western Athletic Conference member school.

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Ruston High baseball, softball teams provide top player awards

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Kelby Smith and Thomas Simoneaux were first-team All-State performers for Class 4A on the diamond this spring.
Now, the Ruston High School tandem can add on another honor in their final season at the prep level.
Smith earned Player of the Year accolades for the girls and Simoneaux was chosen for the boys on the 2010 All-Lincoln Parish teams announced by the Ruston Daily Leader.

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NAMI Ruston members elected to state board

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Recently two NAMI Ruston members, Pamela Kelley of Dubach, and Gaylon (Gene) Murray of Ruston, were elected to the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Louisiana board of directors.
Kelley is the long-time director of the Second Beginnings Peer Support / Drop-In Center, located in Ruston. She is also a member of the NAMI Ruston Sharing Hope Advisory Board.
Murray is a long-time mass communications professor at Grambling State University. Both Kelley and Murray are active members of the local, NAMI Ruston board of directors.

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Long-distance running beneficial

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There’s something admirable about long-distance runners. Beyond their impressive physiques they possess a quality that many don’t — extreme self-control. Being able to run for 30 uninterrupted minutes doesn’t happen overnight. It takes an almost religious dedication, plenty of sweat and being able to mentally transcend physical discomfort.
Although it sounds unrelentingly grueling, long-distance running intrigues me, and I’m tempted to test my grit (or to punish my inner weakling) by training for a 5K run. In my opinion, there are more than a few good reasons to start a running regimen.
High on my list of reasons to run is for self-discipline. To set a challenging goal that requires ultimate dedication and then to meet that goal can be life changing. Overcome what appears to be a formidable obstacle, and you will change your perspective about what you can and cannot achieve in life.

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Now is the time to prepare for storm season

It’s the time of the season.
Hurricane season, that is. And while Lincoln Parish is seated far from the Gulf Coast, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to be prepared for storm season.
Louisiana got lucky last week as Tropical Storm Bonnie fizzled out in the Gulf. We might not be so lucky next time, so the time to prepare is now. While we don’t have to worry about facing hurricane force storms in North Louisiana, it’s quite possible a strong storm could still be a formidable tropical storm as it passed over Lincoln Parish.

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